2007 Ronzhen Imperial Concubine Green Puerh Tea Cake

Tea type
Green Pu-erh Blend
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Flavors
Floral, Sugarcane, Tart, Smoke, Tobacco
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200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 4 oz / 124 ml

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  • “Crazy sweetness! I had to double check this one. I even cleaned out my cup a couple time with boiling water and wiped thoroughly. Very pleasant sugar cane taste and Dian Hongcha likeness. There...” Read full tasting note
    85
  • “I’ve done a number of gongfu sessions of this sheng over the past several weeks, trying to dial in the brew parameters. I landed on using much cooler water than I normally would to emphasize the...” Read full tasting note
    85
  • “Raw puerh, here we go! I drink a lot of sheng (生) puerh. Unfortunately my desire to drink high quality puerh tea is slightly at odds with my infamous cheapness. I like to define myself as “frugal,”...” Read full tasting note
    83

From Ronzhen Tea Factory - Puerh Shop

Early Spring silver buds from one special field (only) in Xishuangbanna are plucked, sun-dried and then compressed into this cake form. Most leaves harvested from this particular field are buds and so have a UNIQUE honey sweetish and very strong floral flavor. An excellent Pu-erh to drink now but can be drunk over the course of the next years with subtle changes in aroma and flavor.

Green Pu-erh Tea Cake 400g
Vintage: 2007 unfermented or raw
Premium class
Loose tea leaves
Caffeine: Moderate
Special-Reserve

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3 Tasting Notes

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Crazy sweetness! I had to double check this one. I even cleaned out my cup a couple time with boiling water and wiped thoroughly. Very pleasant sugar cane taste and Dian Hongcha likeness. There are some light grassy notes, but these are brief and towards the back of the throat.

Definitely enjoying this one. It has changed quite a bit from last year – its bitter and super dry astringency. There is only a small amount of dryness now, but it is very good. Adds to the lingering sweetness.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec
mrmopar

This has been on my shopping list for a while. Thanks for the review of it.

Pureleaf

mrmopar – with the spring leaves and how it is really starting to show off its sweetness and character, I recommend it. If you want to try it some time, drop me a message with your address I’ll send your sample. :)

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I’ve done a number of gongfu sessions of this sheng over the past several weeks, trying to dial in the brew parameters. I landed on using much cooler water than I normally would to emphasize the sweetness, which can be significant in some steeps. This tea does not have a lot of caffeine so it’s a good candidate for an evening session for me.

I don’t get the honey notes the vendor describes. For me it’s more like sugarcane in the early steeps, along with some floral notes and a hint of Yunnan spice. A pleasant tartness creeps in during the middle steeps and remains through the end. I’ve been averaging 13 steeps per session.

Considering it’s reasonable price, I’ll lay in another cake or two for the future. It’s a good sheng for when I’m in the mood for sweetness.

Flavors: Floral, Sugarcane, Tart

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
gmathis

Might be fun to know the backstory behind the tea name :)

Brett

Yeah, I was thinking the same!

mrmopar

From the shop itself, here is the story.
“Early Spring silver buds from one special field (only) in Xishuangbanna are plucked, sun-dried and then compressed into this cake form. Most leaves harvested from this particular field are buds and so have a UNIQUE honey sweetish and very strong floral flavor. An excellent Pu-erh to drink now but can be drunk over the course of the next years with subtle changes in aroma and flavor.”

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Raw puerh, here we go! I drink a lot of sheng (生) puerh. Unfortunately my desire to drink high quality puerh tea is slightly at odds with my infamous cheapness. I like to define myself as “frugal,” but my family members would tell you otherwise. Hence, I am on a never ending search for good tea that won’t cost me a ridiculous amount of money. With that said, I am more likely to drop a large amount of cash on tea than almost anything else in my life. In the words of James Norwood Pratt, perhaps America’s foremost tea expert, “No luxury is cheaper than tea.” In this video, he explains that a pound of tea that costs $600 per pound, or $37.50 per ounce, will yield about 600 cups. “One of the world’s greatest handmade works of art” will cost you about the same per serving as soda. And there are very few teas on the market that cost that much. So in the grand scheme of life, spending $100 or $200 on a puerh cake is not a huge expense I suppose. With that said, I would still cringe for days after spending $200 on puerh!

James Norwood Pratt also states that you should approach learning about tea “…like you would approach learning about making love: privately, discreetly, and with devotion and feeling.” Haha, what a weirdo!

His way of talking is so soothing and wonderful. I could just listen to his gravelly, soulful voice forever. Damn, I wish I had a voice like that.

Wow, what a tangent. On to the tea!

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I bought this cake from PuerhShop. This cake is made from early spring silver buds, which explains it’s very unique appearance. Holy crap, look how silver/white it is!

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The leaves are from Xishuangbanna, in the south of Yunnan Province, China. This cake is 400 g. Super size!

Dry Leaf

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This puerh cake is very loosely compressed, perhaps to speed up the aging process a bit. The colors are beautiful, lots of white and silver mixed in with some darker leaves. The tea smells wonderful and really sweet. I’ve never smelled a puerh that is this light and floral.

Teaware

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I brewed 7.4 g of this puerh in my dedicated sheng puerh yixing pot! This was my first ever yixing pot, given to me by some great friends. This teapot inspires a lot of lovely memories every time I bring it out.

Brewed Tea

I gave this tea one ten second rinse. For the first few steeps, I was very careful to keep the infusion times very short, between five and ten seconds. I read a few reviews of this tea online, and other bloggers noted that this tea is very easy to oversteep and make it bitter. I tried to pay special attention not to do that!

Once the cake opened up a bit, the tasting started. Look at that beautiful color! This tea is a bizarre orange-yellow shade that I find quite pleasing. Peep the new cha hai I got from Scott at Yunnan Sourcing.

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This tea is incredibly aromatic. I couldn’t stop myself from smelling it again and again, much to the amusement of my roommates. The astringent nature of the tea is one of the first things that I noticed after sipping the tea. This tea has plenty of astringency, like most young sheng puerhs, but I didn’t find it unpleasant. But then this tea really hit me over the head with its incredible sweetness. From what I understand, this sweet taste is somewhat characteristic of silver and white. The sweetness just lasts and lasts, and stays in the mouth for quite a while afterwords. This is definitely one of the sweetest tasting sheng puerhs I have tried.

As far as the flavor goes, this tea is very earthy and smokey tasting, along with a lot of the tobacco like flavors that are often noted in young sheng puerhs. This tea is not very complex though, which is perhaps its main flaw. The flavor kind of all comes at once, and then dies out quickly.

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I made several more steeps, adding five or ten seconds each time. The flavor didn’t really change much over these repeated infusions, but the tea held up pretty well.

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Here is the 6th or 7th steep. Still very bright and orange-yellow!

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I got a solid 12 or 13 infusions out of this tea before it finally gave out.

Finished Leaf

The photo is coming tomorrow morning! Sorry, I left my photo drive in the library :(

The leaves are quite small and choppy. There are a few larger leaves in the mix, but they are a bit hard to find. The leaves are a dull green color.

Conclusion

I am very happy that I tried this tea. It is not the best sheng puerh I have ever had, but it is probably the best I have had for the price. This tea is incredibly cheap, at $22.80 for a 400 g cake. This is a solid daily drinker for a puerh drinker on a budget. It is still quite “young” tasting and might improve a bit over time. But all in all, this a tea worth trying. This could explain why this tea is currently listed as the best selling sheng puerh on PuerhShop!

http://www.puerhshop.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=395

Flavors: Floral, Smoke, Tobacco

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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